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LINCOLN — Back in the day — this would have been the early 1900s — there was a kid in Lincoln named Roger Sargent who had his own special cup hanging on a nail in the Lincoln Creamery down the road, so that whenever he came to visit he could have a drink of buttermilk. The cup was a gift from the fellow who ran the creamery, John Chapman. Many decades later, long after the creamery had closed, kids growing up in Lincoln enjoyed different delights, like bumping into retiree Val Webber, who used to go around town with a pocketful of nickels, handing them out to every child he met. These and...

IMAGINE CANNONBALLS HURTLING from Mt. Defiance across Lake Champlain to where you stand on Mt. Independence. Learn about it at the Mt. Independence Hike Into History on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1-4 p.m. Photo courtesy of Mt. Independence State Historic Site
ORWELL — Hike into history at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, on Sunday, Oct. 11, the last day of the season, from 1-4 p.m. Stephen Zeoli, president of the Mount Independence Coalition, will be your guide. It is included in regular site admission of $5 for adults and free for those under 15. Pre-registration is required — call 802-948-2000, space is limited. Facial masks and social distancing are mandatory. Zeoli is known for his story-telling and special knowledge. He will relate the stirring story of Mount Independence and its important role in the American Revolution...

NEW ROKEBY MUSEUM Director Lindsay Houpt-Varner took over for Catherine Brooks on Sept. 21. Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, Houpt-Varner will be the Ferrisburgh historic site’s first full-time director. Brooks, who leaves after a planned three-year tenure, will stay on through October to help with the transition. Photo courtesy of Rokeby
FERRISBURGH — The new director of Ferrisburgh historic site Rokeby Museum earned degrees in History and Government & Political Affairs at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and then a PhD at Durham University in the U.K. Maybe just as importantly Lindsay Houpt-Varner said she has a passion for history first developed as a youngster. Houpt-Varner, a 34-year-old native of Carlisle, Penn., said her family helped her catch a history bug that teachers further nurtured. “Whenever we would go on vacations we would go to museums, and we would travel around the Eastern Seaboard and visit...

SINGER LINDA RADTKE and pianist Ernest Drown will perform Vermont songs from the sheet music collection at the Vermont History Center on Aug. 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., on the Vergennes green. Free.
VERGENNES — Round out your summer with an entertaining and enlightening program of Vermont songs on Aug. 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., on the Vergennes green. From the 1798 “The Green Mountain Farmer” to the 1923 campaign song “Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge,” singer Linda Radtke, accompanied by pianist Ernest Drown, will sing and talk about Vermont songs from the sheet music collection at the Vermont History Center. Of special local interest, the program will include Vergennes resident Edwina Flint’s contest winner, “Visit Vermont,” Pauline Arnold’s 1959 “Champlain Festival Song,” and other songs...
MIDDLEBURY — UVM professor Luis Vivanco will share the story of the bicycle’s introduction to Vermont in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury next Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. His talk, “When the Bicycle Came to Vermont,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Vivanco will explore the fascinating early history of the bicycle in the Green Mountain State, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s — helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road...
Fifty years ago this week, newspaper readers in Addison County could buy a copy of the Addison Independent for 15 cents. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the Jan. 15, 1970, edition of the Independent:  • The Mount Abraham Union High School dress code was altered after the parents of William Grey of New Haven threatened a lawsuit. Grey had been suspended from school the year before, after refusing to cut his hair to comply with the dress code.  • Four-year pen pals Reva Cousino, an English teacher at MAUHS, and Bhu Dev, a marine engineer from India, met in person for the first...
MIDDLEBURY —  The imminent purchase of Foster Motors by Todd Stone, owner of G. Stone Motors, signals a start of a new era for two dealerships that have a lot of history. Gardner Stone, the patriarch of the business, is a self-proclaimed “motorhead” and self-made success story. Born and raised in Middlebury, he earned a degree in aircraft maintenance technology from Wentworth Institute in Boston, but found little market for his skills in his hometown. “You couldn’t buy a job in 1962,” Gardner told the Independent during a 2017 interview. “I got a job peddling milk on Lake Dunmore.” He loved...
BARRE – Flanked by store owners, hunting and angling groups and supporters of outdoor recreation, Governor Phil Scott today recognized the important contribution hunting, fishing and related activities have in strengthening and diversifying Vermont’s economy.  “Vermont has a rich history of hunting and angling, extending back before we were even a state. It’s a major part of our way of life,” said Scott. “For me it was a family tradition, and I encourage more Vermonters who have an interest to get out there and try it. Take your son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or mentee, and learn what...

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